The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

The Bone Shard Emperor

The hype surrounding The Bone Shard Daughter is well-deserved.


Lin is aware that her father’s rule is waning. The animal-like constructs he uses to maintain his empire are no longer sufficient to keep rebellion at bay.

Lin is the rightful heir to the empire, but her father has other plans. If she fails to meet his expectations, he will enthrone her adopted brother instead. Lin will do whatever it takes to ensure she inherits the empire.

The emperor maintains his power using his bone-shard magic to fuel his animal-like constructs. It is said that the emperor’s rule is the only thing keeping the mysterious Alanga from returning.

However, rebellion is brewing and not everyone believes the emperor serves a purpose anymore.

And then, there is Jovis, a smuggler who is only trying to survive and find his wife.

Review of The Bone Shard Daughter

This first instalment is a lot of fun. It follows multiple perspectives across the empire. It introduces a unique magic system, intriguing world-building, and characters to care about, especially Mephi, a kitten-like creature.

At times, it did feel like a long-winded introduction; however, the last quarter zips by and more than made up for the slow start.

I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store. I’m curious about getting more information on Mephi, the Alanga, and why Deerhead Island sunk.

Typically, I only post reviews of new releases on this blog, but since Orbit was kind enough to send me the whole series, I will be sharing those reviews in the coming weeks in preparation for the third and final book, The Bone Shard War.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thanks again to Orbit for sending me a finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

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